Miley Cyrus puffed on a joint during her acceptance speech at the MTV EMAs.
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Save the snooze-worthy "most likely to succeed" superlatives for the
high school yearbook. USA TODAY deconstructs the latest celebrity news and gives gold stars - and a few black eyes - to those who deserve them.
Worst use of a prop: Miley Cyrus
Where to start? Performing at the MTV Europe Music Awards, Miley Cyrus did wear actual clothing this time. But picking up her best video award for Wrecking Ball, she pulled a blunt out of her purse - and lit it. "I couldn't fit this award in my bag, but I did find this," she said, taking a puff. OK, she was in Amsterdam, but really? MTV censored the footage in the U.S. broadcast, but the news still went round the world. Her response? "Sometimes in life you just gotta decide to not give A (expletive)," she tweeted. Sigh.
Worst case of celebrity TMI: Kelly Clarkson
Yes, we're totally happy for Kelly Clarkson, who just got hitched to Brandon Blackstock. We loved her pretty wedding dress. And she really is one of the most professional, pleasant stars out there. And, yes, we hope she gets to have the five kids she dreams of. But did we really need to know, as Clarkson told Jay Leno, that she and her husband are trying "like rabbits" to have a baby? Some things are best left to the imagination. And word of advice, Kelly: If you go on a national talk show to chat about making babies, don't deflect questions about a possible pregnancy. "We are not announcing anything right now," she told Leno. You can't have it both ways.
Most in need of alone time: Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber walked off stage again during his tour, this time in Argentina. The excuse now? Food poisoning. The crowd wasn't too pleased, inundating their Boyfriend with boos. "I'm not feeling too good, I think I'm out of energy," he told the crowd before blowing a kiss and leaving. Whether true or not, fans don't take kindly to being blown off by a singer now more famous for his busts than his ballads. Bieber did post a selfie later, showing him receiving IV fluids. His manager, Scooter Braun, backed up his star client, tweeting that the Biebs "had a rough night but handled it like a man who cares and put his beliebers before himself. very proud. he will be back!"
Most likely to win an Oscar for congeniality: Jennifer Lawrence
Out globetrotting to promote The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Jennifer Lawrence spotted a young fan in a wheelchair at the London premiere. She promptly left the press line, crossed a barricade, talked to the young girl, kissed and hugged her and posed for a picture. It's the kind of cool, unexpected move that would make Katniss proud.
Most poised for fashion greatness: Lupita Nyong'o
From a career standpoint, newcomer Lupita Nyong'o is killing it. Not only did she land a breakout role in 12 Years a Slave weeks before graduating from Yale School of Drama, critics have almost unanimously highlighted her performance. In tandem, the fashion community has opened its arms (and closets), with major labels from Prada to Miu Miu clamoring to dress the star. But she has proven selective, showing a preference for the tastefully avant-garde, exemplified by the black-and-cream draped Lanvin gown she wore to the BAFTA Britannia Awards last weekend. With Oscar season near, we're glad Nyong'o is set to be a stunning staple.
Worst nitpicking by the British press: Kate's gray hair
The Nov. 7 pictures were a refreshing, she's-still-human shift from all those post-pregnancy skinny shots: the 31-year-old Duchess of Cambridge sporting a few streaks of silver in her center-parted chestnut mane, a few furrows in her new-mom forehead. But then the Mirror magnified Kate's graying center part to the level of literal nitpicking and attached the unkindest of captions: "Lady gray: Busy Kate's roots are showing." And the Daily Mail quoted in their Graygate story a hairdresser who sniffed, "If you are going gray, it is important to part your hair where the gray does not show." As if one of the world's most beautiful women's locks - and looks - depended on it. Please.
Most inappropriate outfit for the White House: Blake Lively
Blake Lively should have known better: The White House isn't a nightclub. During a Nov. 8 film career symposium hosted by the first lady, Lively, 26, turned up in a slinky black frock and - a matching leather wrap? And gold Louboutins? Underscoring the sartorial wobble were her fellow panelists' outfits: Whoopi Goldberg in a black shirt and pants, Naomie Harris in a white boatnecked blouse and black trousers and Michelle Obama in a ruffled white tuxedo shirt and pinstriped pants. Sorry, Blake: The East Room is emphatically not the Boom Boom Room